Humidity in the Home
Everyone will have to deal with humidity problems in their house at one stage or another. Humidity is very important in your house because if you don’t have the right humidity you can suffer from all kinds of illnesses. You can have runny noses, bloody noses; depression and constant headaches just to name a few. There are a few things that you need to know when you have a humidity problem in your house. The first step that you need to take is to get a hygrometer and to see what the humidity reading your house is. Humidity levels are said to be between 30 and 50 percent with 45 percent to be the ideal level for your family to be in. According to NRCAN, 35% would be the ideal level. When you find out that your humidity levels are too high or too low you need to find the cause of the problem and make a plan to fix it. Here is what you need to do.
What to do when humidity levels are too high
The best way to deal with high humidity levels is to invest in a dehumidifier, or even better is to have an HRV installed. An HRV will provide ventilation air while having the ability to rapidly de-humidify the humid air in the house with the dryer outdoor air during winter while transferring the outgoing heat to the incoming air. It is an air conditioner with hot and cold coils. It has a fan that will blow the over a cold coil that will then condense the moisture that is in the air. Maybe you have an HRV but it’s not working, you may be in need of an HRV repair, and need to call a local HVAC company to fix it.
The second thing that you can do is to invest in installing exhaust fans in the rooms where the humidity is very high. These rooms will include the kitchen, laundry, and bathroom. This is the more expensive way to go if you don’t really know what choice is the best for you.
What to do when humidity levels are too low
The best option is to invest in an evaporating humidifier that uses a wicking filter to absorb the water. Humidifiers need to be cleaned regularly to make sure that it does the job that you need it to do. Changing the filters and cleaning it on a regular basis will help with that. When buying a humidifier make sure that you buy one that will cover the square feet that you want. Also, make sure that the humidifier that you buy can hold enough water so that you don’t have to fill it up every day.
Here are some benefits that you can enjoy when you have the right levels of humidity in your home:
· There are fewer toxins in your home to worry about.
· There will be fewer bugs in your house.
· There will be fewer viruses and bacteria in your home and your family will be healthier.
· You won’t have the risk of damages to your house and furniture.
· There will be less or no mildew or mold in your house.
· You will not have to repaint your house every year because of yellow and mold stains.
· You and your family will feel happier and there will be fewer allergy outbreaks caused by bugs and dust mites.